Don't let Hazelwood negotiations fail - replace Australia's dirtiest power station with clean energy
  • Petitioned Mark Dreyfus

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Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change & Energy Efficiency
Mark Dreyfus
Federal Member for Corangamite
Darren Cheeseman
Minister for Climate Change & Energy Efficiency
Greg Combet
Federal Member for La Trobe
Laura Smyth
Federal Member for Deakin
Mike Symon
Minister for Resources & Energy
Martin Ferguson

Don't let Hazelwood negotiations fail - replace Australia's dirtiest power station with clean energy

    1. Petition by

      Anna Cutler and Environment Victoria


URGENT UPDATE : On Friday 29 June the Energy Minister Martin Ferguson announced that the government would not secure a deal to replace our dirtiest power stations like Hazelwood by the 30 June deadline.

However, the negotiations between the government and power station owners are far from over, and the government is still working toward an outcome.

It’s the actions of thousands of Australians supporting this campaign that have held the government at the negotiating table for this long. So we need to keep up the pressure.

Now, when we’re so close to the finish line, it’s more important than ever to show your support for replacing Hazelwood power station with clean energy. We can’t let this major opportunity slip by.

Please, sign this petition and share it with your friends and family to make sure the key decision makers stick to the plan, and finally, replace Hazelwood.

 

I'm a mother to a 10 week old boy. Having my first child gives me a renewed sense of how important the future is. I’m worried about climate change, and the impact our pollution will have during his lifetime. I've started this petition because I think it's so important that the Government acts to replace the dirtiest power station in the country with clean energy. It's essential for my baby boy's future.

Now's our chance to get Hazelwood, Australia’s dirtiest power station, replaced with clean energy.

The federal government is currently in negotiations with the owners of Hazelwood and other polluting power stations to replace three of these big polluters. The negotiation deadline is 30 June – just over five weeks away -- but I have just read media reports suggesting that the government might walk away from the negotiation table.

Unless they receive pressure from people across the country, this crucial moment to stop the millions of tonnes of pollution from Hazelwood could be lost.

That’s why I’ve teamed up with Environment Victoria to start this petition.

We’ve got just five weeks to make sure that the government delivers on their commitment to close our dirtiest coal-fired power stations.

The petition is to Ministers and Victorian MPs who we believe are key in ensuring the government sticks to the plan and replaces Hazelwood.

Why is Hazelwood so dirty and dangerous:

It’s old, inefficient, and out-of-date.

Hazelwood is Australia’s dirtiest power station. It’s responsible for almost 15 percent of Victoria’s greenhouse pollution and 3 percent of Australia’s – a whopping 16 million tonnes a year. It uses 27 billion litres of water a year – that’s almost a months worth of Melbourne’s water supply. And it’s the single largest source of dangerous dioxin pollutants in Australia.

Right now, we have a historic opportunity to Replace Hazelwood with clean energy. We can’t let it slip by.

Please sign the petition now.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 8,000 signatures
    2. We stopped a new coal-fired power station planned for Victoria

      ...Now let's replace Hazelwood!

      On July 27th we had a major win. After five years of community action we stopped HRL – a proposed new coal-fired power station for Victoria.

      Last week the Federal Energy Minister effectively stopped HRL from going ahead by withdrawing their funding from the company.

      This decision signals the end of an era – dirty new coal-fired power stations won’t be built in Australia any more.

      Here’s our moment: the government has just struck down a new coal-fired power station, and we can use this momentum to push for the closure of Hazelwood -- Australia’s oldest and dirtiest power station.

      Read Environment Victoria's Safe Climate campaigner has to say about it..

    3. Deadline missed but negotiations to Replace Hazelwood continue

      URGENT UPDATE: On Friday 29 June the Energy Minister Martin Ferguson announced that the government would not secure a deal to replace our dirtiest power stations like Hazelwood by the 30 June deadline.

      However, the negotiations between the government and power station owners are far from over, and the government is still working toward an outcome.

      It’s the actions of thousands of Australians supporting this campaign that have held the government at the negotiating table for this long. So we need to keep up the pressure.

      Now, when we’re so close to the finish line, it’s more important than ever to show your support for replacing Hazelwood power station with clean energy. We can’t let this major opportunity slip by.

      Please, sign this petition and share it with your friends and family to make sure the key decision makers stick to the plan, and finally, replace Hazelwood.

    4. Anxiety over possible power station closures

      Our very own Campaigns Director Mark Wakenham on the 7:30 Report discussing how to rehabilitate the sites of polluting old clunkers like Hazelwood.

    5. Future of polluting power stations remains unclear

      The future of two of Victoria's biggest power plants continues to hang in the balance.

      The Federal Government has extended its own deadline for which of the nation's dirtiest power plants will be shut down.

    6. Replace Hazelwood campaign going from strength to strength , thanks to you

      Thurs 14 June

      Right now, we’re in the Latrobe Valley talking with unions, businesses, community leaders, MPs and local council representatives.

      At the same time, campaign volunteers are out in force across the community. Commuters at vver 30 train stations in Melbourne’s suburbs have been given flyers with information about this campaign. Volunteers are spreading out into towns and suburbs across the state to letterbox over 100,000 households about the problem with Hazelwood.

      And this week, two ALP MPs have stood up to show their support for Replacing Hazelwood – all thanks to your support for this campaign.

      Congratulations for all that you’ve helped to achieve so far. Let’s keep it going!

    7. We're having an impact!

      Wed 30 May

      Today, I’m writing from a café in Parliament House, Canberra. We’re here meeting with Ministers, advisors and backbenchers about the need for the government to deliver on their promise to close 2000MW of our dirtiest power stations like Hazelwood.

      We know that your signatures on the petition are having an impact. We know because the decision makers it’s being sent to have told us so!

      Thanks so much for supporting this important campaign to replace Hazelwood, cut pollution and support clean energy.

      Please continue to share the petition with family and friends to show our politicians just how many Australians support a clean energy future.

    8. Reached 7,000 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Wendy Helleren AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      Clean energy

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    • Brent Schubert AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      Decisions now regarding climate change will have a major leveraging effect on the wellbeing of my grandchildren's grandchildren.

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    • Praveen Gounder BAULKHAM HILLS, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      Climate change is real. It's happening every day. We have to do everything in our power to preserve this beautiful planets for generations to come.

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    • Jens Wieting VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      Global warming is a global threat.

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    • John Bartholomew AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      I voted for this government because I care enough about Australia's future to support cleaning up our country and our economy. That means getting rid of dirty fossil fuelled power and switching to clean, cheap, sustainable and safe energy. I supported your watered down carbon price efforts to that end. Now you have betrayed me and all Australians with your gutless piking. Get real Ferguson! Or get out.

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